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The stranglehold E-Ink has had on the e-book market is slipping. We’ve seen the tantalizing promises of Pixel Qi, mixing a color LCD with a low-power reflective display, but in the here and now we’ve got a new LCD-based e-reader from Aluratek. Extensively dubbed the “Libre eBook Reader PRO,” the unit uses an unnamed 5-inch monochrome reflective LCD panel, with 24 hours of continuous use off a battery charge. Not as great as E-Ink, but it should be plenty for most people, and the resultant $179 price is hard to knock. The Libre is ePUB and PDF compatible, and comes with a 2GB SD card — just the right sort of barebones-yet-functional we appreciate. We’ll have to see how well that LCD performs in person before we pull the trigger, but for people looking for an alternative to the premium devices out there (or something with a faster page refresh rate), it might just fit the bill.

Aluratek Libre eBook Reader PRO sports monochrome reflective LCD, $179 pricetag originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 08 Dec 2009 20:10:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple products are known far and wide for their design. Linksys products, on the other hand, are not. That’s why this latest laptop mod strikes us as a little odd. When a technically-proficient gentleman named Tyler wanted to get his hands on “a working, genuine” Mac as cheaply as possible, he did what any self-respecting (and frugal) geek would do: he scrounged New Egg and eBay for MacBook parts. Why he would then turn around and cram ‘em into an old router is, quite frankly, beyond us. Had he asked, we would have suggested something a bit more classy: perhaps a flashing pyramid? Why not a Timex Sinclair ZX81? Or maybe even a toaster? That said, this achievement — while puzzling — certainly seems to have been pulled off with not a little technical skill. If you’re curious to see how it all went down (including copious step-by-step pics) hit the source link. And prepare to scratch your head in wonderment.

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heiwa-ohashi pedestrian bridge proposal by suppose design office

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this is suppose design offices’ proposal for a pedestrian bridge in hiroshima.

many rivers flow to the hiroshima delta, and the green areas there on the riversides

are one representative of the city’s post-war reconstruction. between the rivers

the peace memorial park and peace boulevard make up the center of hiroshima,

and the area is an irreplaceable and symbolic world heritage site.

in making plans for maintenance on one pedestrian bridge, before building the firm 

researched what role this bridge served during and after the war, and how it had been

thought of, they discussed at length what new role it should have apart from just

being a walkway.

after absorbing the wisdom of isamu noguchi, kenzou tange, and others who in

the past had been so strongly associated with this area, they decided that it should be

a ‘bridge of education.’

compared with the strong presence of the peace bridge they wanted to create a pedestrian

bridge with a weak presence (like a supporting role) and make it a bridge that elevates

the presence and allure of isamu noguchi’s peace bridge. by effectively using the designated

bridge site, they created this supporting role bridge with thin and light girders. by devising

unprecedented hybrid construction, they made a 30cm thick ‘bridge without presence’

a reality.

the thinness of the bridge opens up the view of the river, peace bridge, and the surrounding

peace memorial park; and the vibrations as people walk across and the feel of the wood

give a feeling of ‘crossing’ to pedestrians that cannot normally be found in the city.

the bridge of education is not just a means of crossing a river, but a place to think about

the river and the bridge and for transporting people and precious feelings.

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image courtesy suppose design office

image courtesy suppose design office

image courtesy suppose design office

image courtesy suppose design office

image courtesy suppose design office

image courtesy suppose design office

the bridge was based around the popular string game cat’s cradle

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